Queenthings Redesign, CMSFactor Design

AweFinally got around to taking Jenny’s design and writing the code to make it work. All CSS on Queenthings.com. I’m happy about that. I’ve been a little behind the times in that realm, but I’m catching up now.

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I’ve also started a new site, CMSFactor.com. It’s a Drupal site, not much content there now, but much more to come, as well as the reasons *why* i started it soon.

Lots of webdesign going on around here. Lots of other stuff as well which I’ll post about when the time is right.

Microsoft Office X Project Gallery

I’ve found that one of the worst “features” of Microsoft Office X 2004 is the project gallery that launches every time I launch an Office application. For example–when I launch Powerpoint, I get this:
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If I just launched Powerpoint–not Excel or Entourage, why in the world am I presented with the option to write an email or start a spreadsheet? I mean… really, at least start by showing me recent documents or do like most other programs and just give me a new, blank document.

I’m sure there’s a preference to turn this off, but whose ideas was this anyway?

iPod Shuffle

ShuffleToday I got an iPod Shuffle :). I’ve been eyeing them since they came out, but I’m not a fan of “3-4 weeks” shipping times like Apple had, or “get in line” shipping like Amazon had, so today when Circuit City had them online (through Amazon) for pickup I jumped at it.

So far it’s great. I found some great advice for creating playlists from a site dedicated to… playlists (what a niche!) and it’s ready to go.
The biggest reason I got it though was actually not the music–it’s more to use it as a USB jump drive to easily bring my to-do list with me. I realize I could have gotten one for cheaper, but it sure wouldn’t have looked as nice or played music.

On another note… last Friday morning I took and passed the Flash MX 2004 Developer certification test. It was a pretty rough test, but fair. I enjoyed the challenge of studying for it and it’s always a good feeling to pass a test.